Posted February 5, 2014 by Luis Mercado in Sports

Former Boston Red Sox & Arizona Diamondback Pitcher Diagonosed With Cancer

ESPN analyst and former baseball pitcher Curt Schilling has announced that he has cancer.

In a statement to ESPN he announced his diagnosis and his time away as he recovers from the disease.

Read the full statement below:

I’ve always believed life is about embracing the gifts and rising up to meet the challenges. We’ve been presented with another challenge, as I’ve recently been diagnosed with cancer.

Shonda and I want to send a sincere thank you and our appreciation to those who have called and sent prayers, and we ask that if you are so inclined, to keep the Schilling family in your prayers.

My father left me with a saying that I’ve carried my entire life and tried to pass on to our kids: ‘tough times don’t last, tough people do.’ Over the years in Boston, the kids at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have shown us what that means. With my incredibly talented medical team I’m ready to try and win another big game. I’ve been so very blessed and I feel grateful for what God has allowed my family to have and experience, and I’ll embrace this fight just like the rest of them, with resolute faith and head on.

Schilling has a 216–146 record with a 3.46 earned run average  in a 19 year career, which included great years with the Philadelphia Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks and Boston Red Sox.

We wish him a speedy recovery.